Fair Work Act Review changes coming

NUMEROUS changes to laws governing Australia's workplace relations will be made, after Employment Minister Bill Shorten released the government's first actions from the Fair Work Act Review.

Mr Shorten will amend the laws to enact 18 of 53 recommendations the review panel made earlier this year.

Changes will include stopping union officials from being a bargaining representative for employees not covered by the union and prohibiting employees opting out of enterprise agreements.

Mr Shorten said there was broad support for the changes being made, while the remaining recommendations would be further discussed before other changes were made to the Fair Work Act.

"The Government has therefore decided to proceed with amendments to the Fair Work Act to immediately implement recommendations that are broadly supported, including a number of technical amendments, while continuing to consult with stakeholders on the remaining recommendations as I have previously committed to doing," he said.

"The amendments I have announced today also include important recommendations covering unfair dismissal and structural arrangements and processes for Fair Work Australia."

Changes will also include extending the time limit for lodging unfair dismissal applications for up to 21 days; as well as various new rules governing appointments within the workplace regulator, Fair Work Australia.



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